Plans are being worked on which would see Plymouth’s Millbay Docks become a key strategic freight port and cruise terminal.
Plymouth City Council, Associated British Ports and Brittany Ferries have combined to press the UK government for funding to expand operations at the docks so it could also welcome superyachts and water taxis.
The organisations are working on a funding strategy which is likely to consider strategic Government cash available for freight, net zero and ports as well as private investment. While the details are being worked up, the changes proposed for the port are expected to include improvements to the quayside – not just for ferry and cruise passengers, but to enable a new generation of freight to come into the country from the continent and beyond.
The three organisations also want to create a sustainable “green” shipping port through the availability of shore power to help minimise emissions from vessels. Millbay could also support marine innovation hubs with access to the water and space to trial new and innovative technology.